Helping Students Tackle Dyslexia


Dyslexia affects every instructional task a student will face in school. We are a language-based society with deeply rooted traditions that rely on reading and writing. One in five students has a language-based learning disability, the most common of those being dyslexia. Fortunately, there is a window of opportunity to tackle and remedy dyslexia at an early age.

Patricia Mathes, a professor at Vanderbilt University, has been conducting research that examines the impact of early screening and intervention. Some of the findings reveal that students who have manifested signs of dyslexia were likely to read just like their non-dyslexic peers if remediation was conducted early and appropriately. Yale University’s Sally Shaywitz, one of the earliest researchers in this field, has conducted numerous studies indicating the same result from early screening and remediation. There is no acceptable support for “wait and see.”

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